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15 June 2018

Kings' Students get Brainy

Year 12 Biology and Psychology students at The Kings of Wessex Academy welcomed back Dr Guy Sutton for another insightful Brain Day. Director, Medical Biology Interactive, and Honorary Consultant Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham Medical School Dr Sutton enthused students with an interactive day on cutting-edge research into brain activity and mapping and how this is developing the understanding of memory, criminal behaviour and mental health disorders. Dr Sutton explained the basic functional brain anatomy; including nerve cells, synapses and genes, neuroplasticity, and learned about posttraumatic stress, brain function in outer space, organoids and disease. Students were enthralled by the most recent research using robotic arms grafted onto individuals and how the digital age is helping the understanding of neuro-science to develop. Students got up close to the brain and watched the dissection of a sheep’s brain enhancing their knowledge of where the seat of emotions and memory lie. As part of their scientific interactions they were all invited to hold the brain and compared its size to that of a frog, rabbit and spider. Of...... more

12 June 2018

All good things must come to an end; however, a new experience awaits

At the end of last term, Year 13 met together for a final time at The Kings of Wessex Academy as the school year has flown by and the A Level exams are now well underway. As the year group prepare to say hello to new experiences, they must sadly say goodbye to Kings and their time in the Cheddar Valley schooling system. For many this was an emotional reminder of the quote 'all good things must come to an end', as many of the students had been at Kings for five years, and have formed lasting friendships and are facing the challenge of some of their hardest exams to date. Fittingly, on their last day a special celebration ceremony was held as an emotional reminder of what they have been through together. During the assembly the students revelled in a nostalgic look back on their time at Kings with their Tutors, received words of advice from Senior Sixth Form Tutors Miss Wright and Mrs Anderson and received a blessing by Reverend Tim Hawking who guided them in their reflections. A musical interlude was provided by Sofia Glover greatly enjoyed by the audience and ‘The Band’ played everyone out. Executive Headteacher Gavin Ball, who will have soon completed...... more

08 June 2018

Prickles show their soft side

Two students from The Kings of Wessex Academy recently got up close to some local hedgehogs as part of building community links whilst using skills gained through their Life and Living qualification. Prickles Hedgehog Rescue is run by volunteers on donations and is based on the industrial estate in Cheddar, and there is also a Prickles charity shop in Cheddar village. Prickles take in injured and poorly hedgehogs from across Somerset, North Somerset, Bath and North East Somerset, Bristol and the surrounding Mendip Area and can hold up to 200 hedgehogs at one time. A sort of hedgehog hospital hotel. During their visit Sam Hunt and George Roberts learned how to look after the hedgehogs, clean and change their bedding and give them fresh food and water. They learned how to record their weight to monitor progress and what they need to survive – and Sam even held some hedgehogs (carefully)! Prickles rely on people bringing the injured hedgehogs to them; although they have volunteer drivers who can also collect the hedgehogs. The charity covers Somerset, Devon and Dorset and has lots of specialised equipment on site to help nurse the hedgehogs; and they also...... more

07 June 2018

Cheddar Community Fun Day

The bright colours on the poster say it all and the use of fun in the title. On Saturday 23 June 2018 from 10am until 4pm, The Kings of Wessex Academy is hosting a Cheddar Community Fun Day in collaboration with local charity “The Space.” Whilst it is usually Kings’ students who enjoy the school field, Kings is looking forward to welcoming staff, parents and local supporters for this fun day of fundraising activities and raising awareness of mental health in young people. Lots of activities for all ages will be on offer, including a farmers’ market, craft stalls, tombola, races, bouncy castle, food and drink (including the traditional summer BBQ!) and entertainment by local groups. The Space is a Cheddar-based charity, providing support to teenagers throughout the Cheddar Valley by offering team and peer relationship-building activities; with trained councillors available for any teens in need of some neutral emotional support. Everyone is welcome to attend and if you are interested in setting up a stall, then please call the Academy on 01934 742608 or email who will be pleased...... more

05 June 2018

Students Unlock Key Skills

At the end of last half term, a day before their internal exams were due to begin, Year 10 students at The Kings of Wessex Academy were off timetable for their STEM Skills Day, an annual event organised by Careers Adviser, Dr Hall. Working in tutor groups, students spent the day engaging in a wide range of activities to develop skills for employment and preparation for work; which they will be able to put to work imminently when they undertake their Work Experience placements at the end of June. Ten different organisations delivered exciting and challenging activities to enable students to test and develop their communication, problem-solving, time management, teamwork and commercial awareness skills. Graphic Science delivered the introduction and plenary sessions on skills particularly valued by STEM, bringing in two STEM ambassadors to present, one of whom happened to be former Kings’ student Sam Kent who left in 2012. Sam is now a mechanical engineer working for SEA, after graduating in Engineering at Newcastle University. Other sessions were provided by Airbus, Lloyds, Highways England, TSB, SciSys, Somerset Rural Youth Project (SRYP), the RAF and the Royal...... more